I think to varying degrees, many of us have been taught the challenge is to arrive at a firm opinion or belief. And, of course, it helps if that’s also a true belief.
At times, it seems as if we think the human mind somehow finds it difficult to harbor a conviction. Yet, after seven or eight years of reading debates and discussions posted on popular internet forums, I suspect most of us might be too certain of our beliefs and opinions.
That is, it does not seem we humans have as much of a problem being certain as we have a problem being uncertain.
At the root of this problem I think is the human desire for permanence. That desire manifests itself in many ways, but one way seems to be how it manifests itself as a fetish for convictions. I think the sense is, if our beliefs last, so do we.
It might be that the real challenge is — not to have a firm opinion or belief — but to be open to learning something new.